901 million monthly active users at the end of March 2012. Approximately 80% of our monthly active users are outside the U.S. and Canada. 526 million daily active users on average in March 2012.
488 million monthly active users who used Facebook mobile products in March 2012, and more than 500 million mobile monthly active users as of April 20, 2012. During March 2012, on average 398 million users were active with Facebook on at least six out of the last seven days.
Information from Facebook's newsroom page: http://newsroom.fb.com/content/default.aspx?NewsAreaId=22
Yes, Facebook, my dear Belizeans, is the new epidemic. It emerged unto the scene in 2004, and eventually, sometime in 2007 or 2008, gained popularity in Belize replacing social media giants hi5 and Myspace. In 2012, everyone and their grandma has a Facebook account. Some people, in order to browse, to put it lightly, other people's timelines undetected, have two or three accounts.
Facebook, with its mission "to make the world more open and connected" has certainly made it easier and possibly cheaper to "stay connected with friends and family, to discover what’s going on in the world, and to share and express what matters to them." I question, though, the quality of the Facebook connection. Teenagers, surviving heartbreaks, high school dramas and victories on this forum, still feel disconnected or mute in the Belizean society. Here, even in the most successful social connection service, an estimated 125 billion friend connections, at the end of March 2012 (according to Facebook), logging in is not connecting us with our youth.
Still, the interface has proven successful to connect us, young, old and in between, on key issues in Belize via Facebook groups. Definitely the public outrage resounded on Jasmine Alert, a Facebook group with 1,479 members at present. This is a group where Belizeans gathered to share information on the missing child Jasmine Lowe, updates, the sad discovery of her murder, and information on the arrest of the suspected perpetrator. This is virtual space, which I believe, transcended its limits and offered a space to 'come together' for a cause.
Now, Francis Palacio, an educator, presents Facebook, Education: From Middle School to Old School and From the USA to Belize. A book where he gives an account of the social impact of the social media network. The book features interviews which will offer distinct perspectives on Facebook. In this book, one is able to live the "Facebook" experience as a college professor, a deacon, an actor, an engineer, a beauty queen, a nurse, a business person and the founder of beinggarifuna.com Teofilo Colon Jr.
If you are a member, and live in a world of 'likes', 'pokes', 'timelines' and 'video and photo tags', or even if you aren't and still have the website sneak into conversations, or have heard that you were tagged in someone's album, this book will speak to you. Like it or not, we live in a Facebook world, the seemingly unescapable ever-growing 'international friend connector'.
Palacio is a graduate of California State University, Los Angeles. He obtained a teaching credential and a Masters Degree in Education from Chapman University. In 2005, Frank was one of a select group of teachers chosen to attend the UCLA Writing Project as a fellow.